WASHINGTON — It has taken a long time, but finally the Justice Department is training its guns on what heretofore was unthinkable, unless you're a career civil libertarian. For years, the civil libertarians have been warning us that the Intelligence Community posed a threat to democracy as we know it in the United States.
Here’s some important questions for CBS that America needs answers to: Will this self-righteous James Comey miniseries be a sitcom? If so, maybe someone like Brad Garrett should be cast as Comey? Unfortunately, those answers will be no and no. According to a Monday morning announcement, CBS TV Studios will be crafting “a new four-hour...miniseries based on” the disgraced former FBI Director’s 2018 autobiography A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
We had Rasohomon the movie in which the same scene is presented several different ways depending on the point of view of the performers. And now we have the political version of Rashomon, in the form of the the Department of Justice Inspector General report, according to the CNN's overly imaginative Chris Cillizza, which was highly critical of former FBI Director James Comey. For Cillizza the facts clearly stated in the IG report really depends on the political viewpoint of whoever is reading it.
As news broke Thursday morning of the Justice Department Inspector General releasing a report hammering ex-FBI Director James Comey for violating DOJ policies, MSNBC brought on analysts who were known allies of the controversial former Bureau chief. It was during one of those interviews that talking points for the left-wing cable channel’s coverage were established for the rest of the day.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe turned to a personal friend of ex-FBI Director James Comey to denounce the Justice Department Inspector General report that blasted Comey for leaking sensitive information about private conversations with President Trump to the press. Host Joe Scarborough started off the discussion by complaining that the IG’s conclusion “reads like a talk radio script.”
The stench of the Swamp was on full blast in the A-block of Thursday’s Hardball, thanks to MSNBC host Chris Matthews and assorted guests defending former FBI Director James Comey in the light of a scathing report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General that said he violated DOJ policy. But for these MSNBCers, it was justified because of their hatred for President Donald Trump and that Comey broke rules to help the liberal media.
If former FBI director James Comey thought he would find a sympathetic voice at the liberal Atlantic Magazine on the heels of a damning Department of Justice Inspector General report that found he had violated FBI rules by leaking memos to the press, he would be sorely disappointed. In fact the animosity of Atlantic writer David A. Graham even took the form out outright mockery by comparing what Comey just went through with what he did with Hillary Clinton in 2016 by announcing that he found her to have been very careless with handling sensitive emails without actually charging her (although he reached that decision months earlier before concluding his investigation).
Watch cable “news” these days, and you’ll surely see talking heads parroting the Democratic line that the Trump Administration’s noncompliance with House Committee subpoenas amounts to a constitutional crisis. While a small handful of analysts and guest legal scholars disagree, TV hosts continue to push the idea uncritically, with some even urging the alleged crisis be used as grounds for impeachment.
No, he’s not running for president, but CNN still decided to host yet another town hall for former FBI Director James Comey in order get his slanted take on the findings of the Special Counsel investigation. As with the presidential town halls, moderator Anderson Cooper hit the standard liberal talking points, including impeachment (and gun control for some reason). But Cooper went further and wondered if the Justice Department should prosecute President Trump when he’s out of office.
The journalists at CBS This Morning scored an exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey. So what did they do with the time? They read back quotes from Comey to Comey. Though there was the occasional attempt at challenging the fired FBI director, the hosts often seemed impressed just to be talking to him.
Spoofing current events has long been a staple for late-night comedians, but The Late Show on CBS with liberal host Stephen Colbert uses "spoofing" to project all its hateful takes as "comedy." They took the practice to an extremely irritating level on Wednesday evening, predicting the Mueller report would be heavily redacted. That turned out to be....Fake News.
In an exciting twist, CNN International anchor Christian Amanpour’s recent interview of James Comey ended up revealing more about Amanpour’s own wacky political beliefs than it did about the former FBI director. At one point, Amanpour left Comey momentarily stunned when she inquired whether the FBI should have “allowed” Trump supporters to chant “lock her up” during the 2016 election.